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1st Friday is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month in Albany, NY. Event sponsors and participants host events from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Since its beginnings in 2006, 1st Friday has showcased the diversity of offerings that our capital city has to offer!


From art and food to live entertainment, the best of Albany is showcased at 1st Friday. Sponsors and participants offer 1st Friday visitors a chance to explore, enjoy, and support local businesses and the local arts community.

Visitors are able to enjoy a diverse range of activities which include:

  • gallery and exhibit openings,
  • free admission to museums,
  • live music,
  • discounts, and specials at area boutiques, restaurants, bars and clubs.